Public Not Private For New Maitland Hospital

Work should start later this year

Public Not Private For New Maitland Hospital

The state government has ruled out the new Maitland Hospital being a public-private partnership.

Instead it'll look for a not-for-profit organisation to build and run the hospital, an arrangement similar to Newcastle's Calvary Mater Hospital.

“Over the past few months I have spoken with residents who wanted assurances that the new Maitland Hospital would deliver the best free public health care for patients, and this delivery model will do precisely that. There will be a much broader range of services, including intensive care and, for the first time, chemotherapy closer to home," Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

“Staff concerns have also been addressed.”

While the Minister has vowed to get the hospital up and running as soon as possible, saying he wants construction to start before the end of the year.

“I’m told the building work will see about 1250 new construction jobs over four years, which will no doubt benefit the community, including a boost for Aboriginal apprenticeships."

“A bigger hospital and greater range of services will also mean more nurses and doctors can be employed – a great outcome for the community."

The Minister has also confirmed the hospital will be built at Metford.